Arnold Schwarzenegger certified 10 bodybuilding tips on the occasion of his 73rd birthday, from working your pump to resting like a boss.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an American-Austrian politician, actor, and bodybuilder who is celebrating his 73rd birthday today. The legendary artist started weight lifting since he was only 15 years old and won the title of Mr Universe at the age of 20. He then won fame and recognition by working in Hollywood movies like – Conan the Barbarian (1982), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Terminator Genisys (2015), Terminator: Dark Fate (2019), Commando (1985), The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987), Total Recall (1990), True Lies (1994), to name a few. In honour of his 73rd birthday, let’s take a look at the top 10 bodybuilding tips by the man himself:
1. Get Strong
As the bodybuilder writes in his book, ‘The New Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding’ – To get big, you have to get strong. So instead of being focused on building muscle straight from the start, start by getting strong.
2. Never Get Comfortable
The world-famous bodybuilder suggests that one must not get comfortable in their routine. Always change it up and work hard.
3. Don’t Overtrain
Overtraining is really harmful to bodybuilders and is something they often do. A piece of good advice that Arnold gives in his book for bodybuilders is that train sufficiently but don’t overdo it. He writes – There will be times when a body part lags behind because you are overtraining it, hitting it so hard, so often, and so intensely that it never has a chance to rest, recuperate, and grow.
4. Don’t Stop At Failure
The Terminator actor writes in his book that one should not stop if they face failures. Rather, it is important to identify where they went wrong and rectify it.
Every workout must be targeted. One must have a specific goal when working out, writes Arnold in his book. A bodybuilder cannot do general workouts every day.
6. Target Abs Indirectly
Arnold Schwarzenegger suggests that bodybuilders need to work on their abs indirectly. In his book, he asks them to incorporate ab movements in every lift and exercise.
7. Pumps Are Important
If one wants to grow muscle, they need to get their blood pumping. Even if one is struggling, Arnold writes – You can still get the pump to come if you focus and concentrate hard enough.
8. Do Multiple Reps
Try working out with smaller weights and then go up to heavier ones. Don’t just get stuck on doing the heavy ones, writes Arnold.
9. Use Machines
Another good advice is to take the help of heavyweight machinery. The actor mentions in his book how he would have loved to use them at his own time.
10. Go Vegan
Once a big advertiser of eating meat, the actor is now asking bodybuilders to turn vegan. Arnold Schwarzenegger says it’s easy to build up with an entirely plant-based diet. A long mention of it is in the series ‘Game Changers’ on Netflix.